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Next year, the UK’s National Motor Museum will stage the largest exhibition of James Bond cars ever displayed. The exhibition will run at the museum through 2012 and will include some of the most famous vehicles from the movies, to celebrate fifty years of the film franchise. Some of the heavy hitters will include the 2002 Jaguar XKR with SFX weapons from Die Another Day, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye and the 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger. In total, fifty James Bond vehicles will be present at the museum.
2012 also marks the 40th anniversary of the National Motor Museum, so it works out well that in this special year, both the franchise and the museum can celebrate monumental anniversaries.
GALLERY: James Bond Cars
At the annual RM Auction in London yesterday, American businessman Harry Yeaggy purchased the iconic 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in two James Bond Films. The price? An astonishing $4,600,000.
The car was owned by Jerry Lee, of Philadelphia, PA who bought the car from Aston Martin Lagonda in 1969 for $12,000. Lee, who founded the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology at Cambridge will donate the proceeds to his own charity, the Jerry Lee Foundation, which works to fight the root causes of poverty and crime.
The vehicle is reportedly roadworthy in the U.K., even with the machine guns behind the headlights – although we have to think that at $4.6 million, it’s certain to be tucked away in a museum collection.